Happy Thanksgiving!

After only having a few hours of sleep the night before last, and working non-stop yesterday at work, I think I crashed at about 9:30 last night and slept 12 hours straight – nice!

Luckily I only have my SIL, nephew and grand-nephew coming over and my menu is pretty simple.  I still need to make my mini pumpkin and pecan pies, and we are griling a turkey breast and smoking a ham.  Simple and delicious!

I thought I’d share some pictures I’ve taken the last couple days.  When I spent the night at my Mom’s house on Monday, I drank my coffee out of this cup – Hannah is four and my nephew Paul is probably six or eight months old?

The morning of my Mom’s surgery we shopped for a night gown in case my Mom preferred wearing that over a hospital gown – I told her she should have bought this one because my Mom has 2 cats, and the night shirt says “Cat-titude.” 😀

And we had time to stop by my twin sisters office and say hello!

Then it was time to get my Mom to the pre-op room at the hospital – they have these new gowns that are insulated and when she was laying down they had a hose that connected to it that blew warm air over your body – she was never cold. 😀

By the time they took her to surgery on Tuesday it was nearly 2:45 before I ate lunch.  She couldn’t eat so I didn’t want to eat in front of her – I had brought a protein box from Starbuck’s – it was perfect: hard boiled egg, multi-grain crackers, Justin’s peanut butter, grapes and a piece of cheese.

I ate my lunch at the 24 hour Au Bon Pain at the hospital and watched the traffic head to Chicago:

Then once she was in the recovery room, I got hungry again – this time I got a soup at Au Bon Pain – and one that I am going to try to recreate.  Although when I make this over, I will add a bit of chipotle pepper because it was just a tad on the sweet side for me, the pepper helped – kobacha squash and pumpkin soup.  I instantly thought of Maggie when I saw kobacha squash!

I spent the night with my Mom – glad I did.  I fed her ice chips, kept a cool cloth on her head, etc.  Even though she had a morphine drip, she was still pretty uncomfortable – but she slept!

Since I had to work yesterday, my sister spent the afternoon and evening with her – by the end of the day she’s gone to the bathroom by herself, sat in a chair and made six laps around the hospital floor – not even surgery is going to slow my Momma down!  I promised to save her some turkey and pie. 😀

Yesterday’s lunch was also bought at Au Bon Pain.

In the midst of me scanning documents, putting exhibit binders together, Tony emailed me and said “don’t worry, I am making dinner tonight.”  Music to my ears!

Guess what he made me??

Steamed mussels in a spicy tomato broth over angel hair pasta.  He bought 2 pounds of mussels and I thought “there is no way I am going to eat all that!”  But I did! 😀  Thanks Tony!


HAPPY THANKSGIVING!  What are you thankful for this year?

14 thoughts on “Happy Thanksgiving!

  1. I’m thankful for having you for a SIL!

  2. Thankful for everything, the good, the bad, the ugly! Have a great Thanksgiving. Time for me to get cooking.

  3. Happy Thanksgiving to you too Biz! All the best to your Mom. I’ve never seen the insulated hospital gowns, but what a fabulous idea. I’m always freezing at the hospital I work at so I can only imagine how cold the patients are. Still sending healing thoughts your mom’s way. Have a great day!!

  4. Your momma is such a trooper! Awesomeness totally runs in your family!

    Hope you enjoyed your mussels!

    Happy Thanksgiving, Biz!!!

  5. I had that same gown – the hot air was wonderful! And what is it about our short mothers and their zippy laps so soon after surgery?!? Love that your mom is doing so well with her recovery and I hope she gets to go home soon.

    Happy Turkey Day, Biz!

  6. Your mom is so cute, playful even at the hospital. I have never had mussels, in fact I have never had a meal prepared by my husband.

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  7. Aww, glad to see your mother’s doing well. That’s something to be thankful for, of course. We’re both happy to be alive and well this year, with high hopes for next year! Enjoy the holiday. 🙂

  8. Glad your momma is doing well!! You and your twinnie are TOO CUTE!

    Happy Thanksgiving, Biz! I am thankful for so much, I don’t even know where to start. Let’s just say that life is beautiful 🙂

  9. 2011 has been a difficult year so far, but I do realize that there is a lot to be thankful for.

    I’m glad your mom is doing well!

    Happy Thanksgiving, Biz!

  10. Roz@weightingfor50

    Hi Vat. I LOVE the pre-surgery photo of your mom posing! I see where you get your sense of fun!!! Hope you, Tony and Hannah have a very very happy Thanksgiving, that your Mom makes a speedy recovery, and that you have a chance to R&R over the long weekend. Hugs.

  11. Glad your mom is doing well!

    I am so thankful for everything right now. Things are good.

  12. I am so glad to hear your mom is doing well. You are such a great daughter.
    I am especially thankful for my sister. She is always the one I turn to and I am so happy I have her. 🙂

  13. So very glad all went well with your mom! She is so beautiful!

    Hubs would love those steamed mussels.

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